To the 77th anniversary of the victorious end of the Great Patriotic War
… A suburb of Berlin Karlshorst, the premises of the former military engineering school. May 9, 1945, 0 hours 43 minutes Moscow time. The former chief of staff of the Wehrmacht high command, Field Marshal W. Keitel, the commander-in-chief of the German naval forces, Admiral of the Fleet G. Friedeburg, and Colonel General of Aviation G. Stumpf, have just signed the Act of Germany’s unconditional military surrender. Presiding over the ceremony, Marshal of the Soviet Union G.K. Zhukov invites the German delegation to leave the hall, then addresses the representatives of the Allied powers – Chief Air Marshal of Great Britain A. Tedder, authorized by the High Command of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, Commander of the US Strategic Air Forces, General C. Spaats, Commander-in-Chief of the French Army, General J.-M. de Latroux de Tassigny, to all those present in the hall with heartfelt congratulations: The Second World War in Europe, and for the Soviet people – the Great Patriotic War is over!
During the greatest war of the twentieth century, the task of eliminating the fascist-militarist military machine and political system in Germany, Italy, Japan and other countries of the Nazi bloc was completely solved. The Soviet Union was the first country to be able to stop the aggressor and thereby create conditions for the unification of all anti-fascist forces in the fight against aggression and victory over the invaders. Having defended their homeland, the Soviet people saved entire nations from enslavement and physical extermination, prevented the death of many states, and did not allow the destruction of world civilization.
Soviet Russia waged a war that was both Patriotic, and liberation, and truly nationwide. No matter how dramatic the situation at the fronts sometimes developed, the Soviet people always felt their moral superiority over foreign invaders.
The Great Victory combined many military, political, diplomatic, moral and economic victories. For no nation in the world the cost of overcoming the enemy was not so high. The lives of 27 million Soviet people were paid for the fact that the Nazi death machine went into oblivion.
The victory over Nazism became possible thanks to the joint efforts of the peoples of the anti-Hitler coalition, and the Soviet Union played a decisive role in the defeat of the fascist bloc. The Soviet-German front bore the brunt of the armed struggle. The battle in the East was uncompromising in nature, here the most important strategic result was achieved, which determined the course and outcome of the Second World War.
The most important outcome of the war was the retribution that overtook the aggressors. Fascism itself burned down in the fire it caused, and this is the logical outcome of the greatest military confrontation of the twentieth century.
The consolidation of the victory over Germany and Japan as the main instigators of World War II was expressed in the formation of the United Nations, the conclusion of peace treaties with Italy, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Finland, the solution of the problem of the denazification of Germany, the establishment of fair borders between states. The Yalta-Potsdam system of world order, which was established by the will of the victorious peoples, allowed the world community to avoid a new global military conflict for decades.
It seemed that that war would be the last, and the defeated Nazism would never be able to raise its head. However, the second half of the 20th and the first decades of the 21st century were filled with new wars. Military force has not lost its role both in international relations and in the life of individual states. This is evidenced by numerous local armed conflicts, the intervention of NATO countries in the affairs of the peoples of Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.
Under these conditions, the efforts of the Russian Federation to ensure its security have invariably relied and continue to lean on the legacy of the Victory, on the lessons of the Great Patriotic War.
All this is so. However, a statement of what has been said above, which would have been sufficient yesterday, cannot satisfy today. Too much has changed in our worldview in recent months, especially with the start of a special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine.
Today, the results and lessons of the Great Patriotic War look somewhat different than twenty, ten, five years ago.
Perhaps the main lesson of that war is the need to consolidate the victory gained with such labor and such blood. In 1945, our fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, signing the Reichstag, believed that by destroying the monstrous war machine of Hitlerism, they sent Nazism to the dustbin of history.
We also believed in it. However, the coup in Kyiv in 2014 and subsequent events showed that Nazism is not dead, it is reborn, Europe is nurturing it again, aiming it east again!
The bloc of Western states dragging out the noose of economic sanctions against Russia, ignoring by the North Atlantic Alliance the “red lines” marked by Moscow on the path of NATO’s advance to the borders of the Russian Federation – all this put the main lesson of the Great Patriotic War at the forefront of the agenda.
To consolidate the Great Victory means to complete what was not done in 1945. To finish off the centers of Nazism, which has been latently smoldering for decades, as if in a peat fire, in order to turn into Odessa Khatyn and the 8-year-old genocide of the population of Donbass.
It is much more difficult for today’s Russia to solve this problem than for the Soviet Union, when our country was at the zenith of its military and political power.
Today the situation is more reminiscent of the situation in the USSR after the Soviet-Finnish war: then our country was expelled from the League of Nations, establishing a regime of international isolation; London and Paris appeased Hitler with one hand, prepared to bombard the Baku oil fields with the other; in Berlin, they moved to the practical phase of developing a plan for the invasion of the USSR.
The reality of our days shows the grimaces of the past: if the West fed Nazi Germany as a shock fist against the USSR, now Ukraine has already been formed as an anti-Russia; in Belgorod, Kursk, Bryansk, we are already seeing flashes of a new encourage to East.
Just as the role of the main initiator of the creation of a collective security system in Europe was not recognized for the Soviet Union in the 1930s, so today they cross out our country’s contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany and militarist Japan. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in a statement on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, “forgot” to mention the USSR and the decisive contribution of the Soviet people to the Victory. But the American set new guidelines for the information war, saying that the leadership of Russia “trying to distort history in an attempt to justify an unprovoked and brutal war against Ukraine”. And where the big watchdog is, there is the little mongrel: Lithuania, through the speaker of its parliament, demands that Russia be excluded from the UN Security Council.
Those who would have lived in one large Nazi concentration camp are eager to judge our victorious people if the Soviet soldiers had not completed the war in Berlin. To give in to this pressure, to change the victorious spirit of the fathers, would mean putting an end to the historical fate of the Russian and other peoples of our Motherland. Let’s remember this!
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